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March 30, 2012 - Weekly Update

posted Apr 4, 2012, 7:59 PM by Coop Webperson   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 8:00 PM by John Lim ]
Hello everyone.

Well, Spring Break is here. Let me remind everyone that we are off next week (2nd-6th, spring break) and the following Monday (9th, workday).
I hope everyone enjoys their time away from school! Also, don't forget there is a workday scheduled on April 24th--a Tuesday! On the calendar, it is a
Field Trip day!

I sent out an email yesterday calling for casual meetings prior to pick-up for yesterday and today. About half of the families came and I appreciate that. For those that weren't able to make it, here is a summary of what we discussed:

1. The board has been given an unexpected opportunity to re-examine upfitting Ephesus.
2. We have an experienced architect and contractor (who are well connected in Chapel Hill and have a co-op connection) who think this can be done at a smaller cost and scope as the previous architect (who didn't visit the site). He would like to prepare a comprehensive set of plans to take to the Town of Chapel Hill. He will charge hourly, but is asking for a $3,000 retainer to get this project started.
3. We are still moving agressively forward with the Pilgrim plan. However, the Board thinks that this money might be well spent to truly know that Ephesus may or may not be an option--(esp. given the light of the current real estate market). Please note that this would continue the gathering of information of Ephesus as a viable option for our future--this doesn't imply that we are changing course from Pilgrim.
4. What does the membership think about spending this money in order to keep investigating Ephesus?

If you haven't weighed in and would like to, please send an email to me or any of the Board members. To date, I have received feedback that it seems like a good idea to invest the money to ensure that we can/can't keep our old home on the table. However, it has been made clear that we can not jeopardize Pilgrim!

We would like to continue the transparency of this process to our members and always appreciate feedback.

Have a good weekend!